StewMac Neck Shims for Bass

StewMac Neck Shims for Bass

StewMac Neck Shims for Bass Shaped, 0.25 degree

Shaped, 0.25 degree

Item # 2131-025
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$9.10

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StewMac Neck Shims for Bass Shaped, 0.50 degree

Shaped, 0.50 degree

Item # 2131-050
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$9.16

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StewMac Neck Shims for Bass Shaped, 1 degree

Shaped, 1 degree

Item # 2131-100
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$9.16

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StewMac Neck Shims for Bass Blank, 0.25 degree

Blank, 0.25 degree

Item # 2132-025
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$9.12

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StewMac Neck Shims for Bass Blank, 0.50 degree

Blank, 0.50 degree

Item # 2132-050
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$9.18

6 or more $8.26
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StewMac Neck Shims for Bass Blank, 1 degree

Blank, 1 degree

Item # 2132-100
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$9.18

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StewMac Neck Shims for Bass, Shaped, Set of 3

Shaped, Set of 3

Item # 2131
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$27.42

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StewMac Neck Shims for Bass, Blank, Set of 3

Blank, Set of 3

Item # 2132
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$27.48

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StewMac Neck Shim Shop Set of 12

StewMac Neck Shim Shop Set of 12

Item # 2141
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List Price $101.90
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StewMac Neck Shims for Bass

About This Item

Tapered maple shims used to change the angle of a bolt-on neck.

To change the angle of a bolt-on neck, players and repair shops have used shims for years. We've seen everything from matchbook covers to guitar picks stuck in neck joints.

Those kinds of shims create an unwanted gap under the heel of the neck: a dead air space where humidity condenses to swell the wood. As Dan Erlewine describes in his Guitar Player Repair Guide: "This gap may cause an upward kink in the neck. And many players feel they lose tone unless firm contact is maintained between the neck and the body."

Dan creates tapered shims that cover the entire heel of the neck—with these ready-made shims, that work is done for you. Attention, repair shops: making a quality shim takes time! Keep these on hand for a quick turnaround on this common repair.

"My Jazzmaster needed a better string break angle over the bridge. The 0.5-degree shim let me raise the bridge to the height I needed. And it fit the neck pocket perfectly."
—Erick Coleman, guitar repairman and StewMac tech advisor

Full contact and precisely tapered: we have 3 different degrees for changing the pitch of any bolt-on neck.
  • 0.25-degree shim offers the most versatility. Stacking them will let you really dial in the neck angle you're after.
  • 0.5-degree shim is the one you'll reach for most often. It works great on Fender and many other solidbodies.
  • 1-degree shim is great for basses with a post mounted bridge.

Taper specs (approximate)
0.25-degree shim tapers from 0.030" to 0.019" (0.76mm to 0.48mm)
0.5-degree shim tapers from 0.028" to 0.008" (0.71mm to 0.20mm)
1-degree shim tapers from 0.060" to 0.010" (1.52mm to 0.25mm)

Dimensions
Shaped: 2-1/2" x 3-7/8" (63.50mm x 98.43mm)
Blank: 2-3/4" x 3-7/8" (69.86mm x 98.43mm)

Shaped shims fit most neck pockets with a rounded heel.

Blank shims were designed for odd screw spacings, smaller neck pockets, and custom designs like the Fender Micro-Tilt™.

The Shop Set of 12 includes one each of every size, shape and taper:
3 shaped shims for guitar
3 shaped for bass
3 blank shims for guitar
3 blank shims for bass

Made of solid maple to match the neck.


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5.0

Quality wood

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My Ibanez needed a shim and the smallest one worked great.

5.0

Really smart and helpful product!

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I was very happy to find these - the .5 degree shim was the perfect aid to set up my '64 Jazz Bass properly. A little sanding was required on the edges to fit the shim in the neck pocket, but that was no big deal. I am keeping a stash of the different gauge shims on hand, and I'm sure I'll make good use of them all eventually.

5.0

Bass Neck Shim

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Verified Buyer


StewMac's bass guitar neck shim was so easy to work with. I was able to trace the neck's pattern to the shim, and then cut it to shape with a scissor. I used 100 grit sandpaper to further shape, and smooth the edges. I used a manual drill to create the screw holes. I then stained the edges black to match the bass's finish. Assembly was perfect, and the result was a bass that no longer suffered fret buzz.

4.0

Pricey, but work well.

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Verified Buyer


A 1 degree shim changes the angle more than you might expect.
Probably more than you would ever need.
If it is too much, it's hard to sand them down to size.
I used a .25 degree on a bass, and it made a big difference.
You can always add a strip of copper tape if your shim is not quite enough.
.25 or .5 will probably be plenty for most applications, unless you have very serious action problems.

4.0

Worked okay but not a perfect fit.

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Verified Buyer


I bought this for a MIM Jazz Bass, that's what it was supposed to be for, the shim was a little too wide and not shaped to fit in the pocket. I had to trim, worked out okay.

5.0

shims

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Verified Buyer


good stuff

5.0

0.5 shim worked perfect for bass problem

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My new P bass project started with a Fender 50's P bass body and a custom order Warmoth neck with a Telecaster bass headstock. All fit together fine, but the stock Fender bridge height, was maxed out. Purchased a Wilkinson bridge thinking the larger diameter brass saddles would do the trick. Nope. Switched the bridge to a Leo Quan (thicker base plate). That didn't work. Final ditch effort, I purchased the new Hipshot KickA** bridge due to being able to change out the brass saddles (3 different heights). Saddle adjustment so high, that the adjustment screws fell out of the bottom!
I remembered I had ordered a couple shims from StewMac a while back and tried the 0.5 shim. Installed the thicker part of the shim towards the neck and presto...it worked perfect. I re-adjusted the neck truss rod, re-installed the Wilkinson bridge and brought the saddles back down to where they should be, set the intonation and it's a beauty. Thanks for saving my project!!!

5.0

Very Helpful item to keep on hand

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Verified Buyer


For anyone who has had to perform the daunting task of properly shimmimg a bolt on neck knows the time it takes just to prepare a proper shim. This is why we find such interesting things like matchbooks and business cards being used for the job. Keep a few of these on hand and doing a great job every time becomes a piece of cake.

5.0

excellent!

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Verified Buyer


very helpful, very easy to fit, I will by them over and over again!

5.0

Peace of mind

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Verified Buyer


I own several vintage Fender basses and have been worried about the dreaded Fender ski jump. I checked and found a few had partial shims which I feel can lead to this problem, not to mention the lack of coupling which can arguable affect tone. The .25 worked perfectly in each case.

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